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Obama Visit - Heads Up
May 16th, 2011 at 9:44pm
 
The following is what I have gleaned about the forthcoming President Obama State Visit to the UK. It is not complete or verified. Furthermore, details may be changed at the last minute due to security issues. Here's what I have for now;

VC-25A "*AIR FORCE ONE*" (Military Boeing 747) and a VC-32A (Military Boeing 757) will go into Stansted on 24th May. They will arrive from Dublin where the US President is due to arrive from the USA on May 23rd. President Obama's State Visit to the UK begins on the 24th May and runs through to the 26th May. I do not have the times they are due to arrive.

At least six Obama visit dedicated C-17A Globemaster III flights should go into RAF Mildenhall, bringing in presidential visit support equipment, i.e. vehicles, helicopters communications equipment. These could start flying in up to five days before the visit actually begins. There may be a case where a C-17A is replaced by a C-5A/B Galaxy. It would appear that on this occasion the presidential helicopters will be flown into Mildenhall initially and not as during a previous visit, into RAF Northolt.

Some supplementary US Army helicopters from US bases in Germany may be involved.

One aircraft definitely destined for Mildenhall will be the very secretive C-20C Gulfstream III, which will stand 24 hour alert at '*The Hall*' while the US President is in the UK.

My understanding is that as things stand at the moment the 1 ACCS/55th Wing E-4B National Airborne Operations Centre (NAOC) will not be in the UK while the president is here. Whether it will come here while the President is in Eire remains to be seen. I don't know where the E-4B is going while President Obama is in the UK.


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Re: Obama Visit - Heads Up
Reply #1 - May 21st, 2011 at 3:37pm
 
6 C-17's brought in one HMX-1 helicopter each which were off-loaded and moved to the Team Mildenhall hangar.

17.5 07-7187 20 CH-46E HMX-1 157682
17.5 08-8198 21 CH-48E HMX-1 157683
18.5 07-7182 18 CH-46E HMX-1 157680
18.5 08-8201 22 CH-46E HMX-1 153362
19.5 03-3125 VH-3D HMX-1 159352
19.5 04-4131 VH-3D HMX-1 159355
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